Officials in Oregon say a ‘superspreader action’ is probably behind two recent Covid-19 outbreaks in the state after a person deliberately went to work knowing that they were sick, later testing positive for the virus.
The two separate Covid-19 outbreaks have been traced back to one individual.
Seven people died as a result of the first outbreak and hundreds were forced to self-isolate over the second one.
‘One of those outbreaks has resulted in seven deaths, and the other recent outbreak has placed over 300 people/families in quarantine,’ a December 17 statement from the Douglas County government states, which is located in southern Oregon.
Two outbreaks in Oregon have been traced back to one individual who, according to Douglas County officials, went to work while sick last week. Pictured, Protesters hold a rally outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem as legislators meet for a special session to discuss COVID-19 relief measures
‘We can’t even imagine the tremendous remorse these people are feeling right now, and we sympathize with them.’
County officials has termed the incident a ‘superspreader action’ and stated it to be ‘one of the most concerning issues we are facing right now.’
‘In addition to the super spreader events, we also have super spreader actions,’ Douglas County Public Health Officer Bob Dannenhoffer said in a statement.
‘The top of the list for super spreader actions are people who are unwittingly and unconsciously choosing to go to work when they are sick.’
They stressed the need for those experiencing symptoms to stay home and follow safety protocols.
One of those outbreaks resulted in seven deaths while the other recent outbreak has led to more than 300 people placed in quarantine. Pictured, protesters in Oregon opposed to COVID-19 restrictions attempt to force their way in during the a special legislative session
The infected person’s place of employment, or when they went to work while sick has not been revealed.
Douglas County has a population of about 111,000, and has so far experienced 1,135 Covid-19 cases resulting in 37 deaths.
State officials have declared Douglas County to be at ‘extreme risk’ at the present time when it comes to coronavirus.
The state of Oregon has recorded 107,000 coronavirus cases and more than 1,400 deaths with infections surging since November.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown recently extended a state-of-emergency order until March 3, 2021 which sees various executive orders allowing restrictions on indoor dining, large gatherings and many businesses to continue.
Douglas County, Oregon is home to about 111,000 and as of Tuesday has recorded more than 1,300 coronavirus cases and 37 deaths. Pictured, Protesters spray mace toward police as they attempt to get into the Oregon State Capitol during a special session of the state legislature
A far-right protester waves a U.S. flag in front of the Capitol building during a protest against restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease in Salem, Oregon
Oregonians are also supposed to wear masks in public under a statewide order.
The restrictions have resulted in anti-lockdown protests including one on Monday which saw demonstrators smash door as they tried to force their way into the state capitol.
The spreading of the coronavirus has been a problem for workplaces across the country.
Although many offices closed during the early stages of the pandemic leading to many employees working from home for months to curb the spread of the virus, as the pandemic has continues to drag on, some offices reopened which saw the spread increase once again.
Workplace outbreaks have hit meatpacking plants, warehouses, grocery stores, schools, nursing homes and hospitals.
Courthouses and city halls have also shut down as cases spread among government employees.
Healthcare workers at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center receive COVID-19 in Portland, Oregon. The first rounds of Pfizer’s vaccine were administered in Oregon
Officials have not revealed where the ill person who went to work was employed. Pictured, A healthcare worker at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center receives COVID-19 vaccine